When we first saw Iscoyd Park we fell in love. The view of the redbrick country house from the driveway is breathtaking. As we looked around, it just got better and better. It was clear that every space had been designed with care and love. Its suitability for weddings was at the heart of the design, which wasn’t the case with other venues we had looked at prior. The venue really felt like home from home.
The Iscoyd Team were so welcoming and throughout the booking process, we felt safe in the knowledge that the happiest day of our lives was being handled by experts. In addition, the venue’s willingness to accommodate a church wedding at the beautiful St Mary’s Whitewell made the decision to choose Iscoyd Park an easy one. Having gorgeous grounds was also a must for our wedding day. The spring foliage and flowers provided the perfect backdrop to our wedding photographs and we couldn’t wait for our guests to have the same reaction on the day.
We have so many favourite memories from our wedding day. At the end of the church ceremony at St Mary’s, being announced as ‘husband and wife’ and walking down the aisle together was a truly incredible moment. After arriving back to the wedding venue, we were able to take a few moments to ourselves in the bridal suite, The Park Room. Our other favourite memory was walking down the stairs to all our friends and family waiting in the gardens at Iscoyd Park. The sun was shining, prosecco was flowing and the Nero String Trio playing. Seeing all our loved ones together in one place, looking so happy and relaxed was truly the wedding we had dreamed of.
We didn’t feel like we needed to stray too far from the timeless elegance that Iscoyd Park provides. Keeping the décor minimalistic, allowed the venue to provide the ambiance which was one of the main reasons we choose it. We got married in May, so having visited on an Open Day two years earlier, we knew the lavender, roses and other spring flowers would be blooming in the gardens. In keeping with the natural theme, father of the bride made tree stump wedding centrepieces for each guest table.
Working alongside our florist and wedding cake supplier, we incorporated these flowers into the décor including the table setting. The Iscoyd Team ensured for the sit-down dinner that each napkin has a lavender sprig complimenting the white table covers. As well as being instantly relaxing, lavender is a symbol of love and devotion which seemed fitting!
I have always loved Parisian design and Laure de Sagazan’s wedding dresses give a casual nod to the past, whilst staying current with modern lace. It was important for me to feel comfortable on the day, as someone who has struggled with self-confidence in the past, I knew that to sincerely enjoy every moment, I would need to feel beautiful and Laure’s dress ‘Ellis’ truly delivered! Laure’s dresses are 100% home-made in France, but fortunately The Mews Bridal in Clifton Village, Bristol, stocks French designers. The bridesmaids wore TNFC London Juba sage maxi dresses and the groomsman opted for navy wedding suits from Moss Bros.
After an online consultation, our florist Jacqui O, created a soft romantic palette of whites, sage and lavender. Again, keeping within the theme of the day, we wanted Jacqui to work with mother nature and use what the season had to offer. Jacqui works with British growers, so all the flowers were from the ‘Bee Friendly’ collection which consists of unique florals which are eco-friendly. Her artisan grower lives only 10 miles from her studio! The flowers from the ceremony (pew ends and altarpieces) were re-used at the venue and donated to local care homes after the event.
We found Lisa Webb Photography on Iscoyd Park’s Instagram page. We loved that her photographs captured the emotions of the day but weren’t too posed or traditional. Lisa truly felt like a friend we had known for years as we felt so comfortable in her presence, as did all our guests! She didn’t just take beautiful photographs; she captured the essence of the day perfectly.
Your Wedding Memories created our Wedding Video. I had worked with Martin and John previously, so knew they had a genuine love for the art of videography, which is reflected in the footage they captured of all the special moments.
DJ James from Jonny Ross Music provided the soundtrack of the night. Again, we used Iscoyd’s recommended list of suppliers which meant the professionalism and communication was unmatched. DJ James really went out his way to ensure we had the best experience, playing all our requests (Harry Styles included) along with his own choices to keep the dance floor going all night.
Trust in the experts… we were so lucky to have amazing family, friends and suppliers around us (including the Iscoyd Team!) who truly allowed us to relax and enjoy the day. The most important thing to remember is why you’re getting married it in first place. It’s about you and your loved one, committing yourself to a life together and nothing else matters!
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Iscoyd Park has been in the Godsal family since 1843, Phil and Susie Godsal took over the running of the house in 2009 and began a much needed restoration project. They live in the house today with their three children and run it both as a wedding and events venue and a family home. Find out more about us.
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